All the King's Men Guided Reading Notes for AP Lit

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11th - 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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  1. This bundle contains the full unit materials for Robert Penn Warren's masterful novel, All the King's Men. This is an excellent but challenging novel for students to study. This unit includes: 1 unit plan with suggested homework activities1 unit test with answer key8 pages of handouts, rubrics, and
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Robert Penn Warren's novel, All the King's Men, is a masterpiece of political commentary and discussion of ethics. It is a wonderful novel to read in any advanced literature class, and especially for students preparing for the AP® English Literature exam. However, it is a very long, very dense, and very complicated novel. That's where I come in!

I've been teaching this novel for 12 years, and over the years I've cultivated this set of notes, given in class the day after each chapter is to be read. It explains the more difficult plot points, connects plot events to major themes, and dissects important quotes to be used later in writing assignments. I also included an introductory slideshow to introduce the main characters and explain the complicated flashbacks. The notes come with a student packet with fill-in-the-blank formatting for easy note-taking throughout the unit. Each file in this resource is available in both PDF and Microsoft Office form, in case you need to make any edits.

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Total Pages
115 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.


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